|Elastic bands from shorts and underpants.|
In regards to paper towels, we don't use them nor do we buy and use tissues. We cut up old t-shirts, shorts, and holey towels and make "sneeze rags", "personal cloths" and hand towels.with them. It is no grosser than using cloth diapers on your babies (which I did also). It just makes sense for us to do this.
|These are some of the sneeze rags and personal cloths we have made from old t-shirts.|
When a pair of socks becomes too holey to wear, we cut them up and make hand warmers/fingerless gloves with them.
|Hand warmers/fingerless gloves made from old worn out socks.|
I am an ultra organized person. Everything is labeled and has its place on my shelves. I have 11 six foot tall shelves wrapped about my living room and things are in easy reach. Nothing is thrown in an obscure place never to be seen again. If we need a button, my family knows they can find one in the cookie tin on the shelf. My hubby is out on the homestead and is working on something that requires some heavy elastic, we don't run to town...I have it on a shelf. Too many people live in a way that if they need something, even if they only slightly need it, they just jump up and run to the store and buy it without ever stopping to think if they have something lying around that could be used instead.
There is no reason to buy things you don't need. There is no reason to throw away something you can repurpose. Be smart. Live smart. Save money and use it towards making yourself more self sufficient.